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Japanfan
10-08-2010, 01:13 AM
In my family - it's all about the stuffing. Everything else - including the turkey, is just accompaniment. Thing is - it's the basic bread stuffing from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. My dad was always in charge of dinner - my mom would often say that she'd never cooked a turkey.

Dad changed up a couple of things. 1) Cut WAAY back on the salt 2) Use commensurate amount of Poultry Seasoning instead of the various herbs.

The secret of the stuffing, is that you must have the bread cubes small (1/2 in) and stale (no using dried pacakged stuff). Also, this stuffing has no liquid in it other than what comes from the butter.

You can keep your apples and oysters and sausage and chesnuts and whatever else. This is stuffing nirvana!:lol:

I've experimented with various stuffings over the years, using wild rice, bread cubes, and cornbread as the base.

The best of them all is cornbread with sausage and apples. ;)

KatieC
10-08-2010, 01:55 AM
Okay, I was going to make stuffing from a box, but you've inspired me. I can look up cornbread stuffing online, but would someone like to post an easy recipe? Or shall I look through the recipe thread?

I'm doing the traditional turkey, gravy thing, but veggies are carrots and parsnips roasted in bacon fat. I don't do them often, but Thanksgiving is a good reason. Anything can taste good cooked in bacon fat. And apple pie because nobody likes pumpkin!

Lanie
10-08-2010, 02:13 AM
I love Thanksgiving!

I have no clue what our plans are, but last year...

Roast turkey with stuffing
Yukon gold mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole
Cream corn
Cranberry sauce
Rolls
Blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert

Oh, man, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. I made half a roast turkey breast for dinner the other night. LEFTOVERS!

Cupid
10-08-2010, 02:15 AM
An old friend of mine's sister used to buy the November issue of Gourmet magazine (isn't that defunct now) and take the Thanksgiving menu from that, assign a dish to each member of the family to bring, and everyone really looked forward to doing that, as opposed to a regular old potluck dinner.

I'll have to check out a food mag to see what their Thanksgiving Day menu is, I wouldn't mind trying that some time.

Japanfan
10-08-2010, 02:40 AM
Okay, I was going to make stuffing from a box, but you've inspired me. I can look up cornbread stuffing online, but would someone like to post an easy recipe? Or shall I look through the recipe thread?

I make the cornbread first - my favourite is a buttermilk cornbread, you can easily get a recipe for that by googling.

I use about one half a cornbread made in a standard loaf pan. First fry as much garlic as you like (I use about six or seven big cloves as I love garlic) and one chopped leek (or four/five shallots) in olive oil and add a bit of wine (any kind will do) if you have some on hand. Then add two European or spicy sausages and crumble the cornbread before adding it to the pan. Add one chopped tart green apple next - it needn't cook too much as it will soften as you cook the stuffing.

I've found that adding a chopped fig to also enhances the flavour and spice it with some savory and oregano.

Of course you can double the recipe and cook what doesn't fit into the turkey in a separate casserole dish and add some of the turkey juices it. . .which gives you more stuffing for those stuffing lovers.

duane
10-08-2010, 04:01 AM
I usually travel to my dad and step-mom's place, but because of various reasons, I had Thanksgiving alone last year--a first for me. But I ended up having so much fun! I cooked roasted turkey legs and wings, dressing (made with oysters), sweet potatoes with pineapple, fried corn with onion and green pepper, black-eyed peas with neckbones and rice, corn bread, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a lemon pound cake. Everything was made from scratch...nothing canned (except the oysters used in the dressing ;) ). I had football blasting, the blinds all open so I could see the snow, and my apartment smelled SOOO good! I've never cooked such a big meal before, and actually liked it!

dbny
10-08-2010, 07:29 PM
Actually for many FSUers, Thanksgiving is this weekend. :)


Oops! I knew that too, and I'm thinking of applying for Canadian citizenship, as my mom was Canadian.


First of all, hi dbny! I've been wondering how you're doing! :)

Now then. We are total traditionalists at Thanksgiving.

Hi Nora! I'm doing great. All done with treatment and on the road to recovery. I read somewhere that Thanksgiving is the most traditional holiday in the US. We all want what we grew up with.


We never knew that there were fresh veggies available other than summertime corn on the cob. Everything was out of a can.....That's what I'll probably cook and the potatoes at my daughter and son-in-laws first Thanksgiving in their brand new house. They are hosting the holiday for the family and some friends who are too far from home to go home. It's also the Thursday after my baby girl turns 30 so it's going to be a great year.

(((((Sharon))))) canned veggies :eek:. My mom grew up on a farm, so we always had fresh veggies or frozen, if fresh were not available. Congrats to your daughter and SIL on hosting their first Thanksgiving, and Happy Birthday to your DD.


In my family - it's all about the stuffing. Everything else - including the turkey, is just accompaniment.

I think the stuffing is the biggest deal in our family too. Only since I've been buying heritage turkeys has the turkey been of much interest, though I always look forward to munching on the wings.


Sharon this really resonates with me - the best cook in the family bar none was always my grandmother, where we gathered for all the major holidays. She allowed us in the kitchen, but so much of what she did was by feel, not recipes or timers or measurements.

That was mostly the way my mom cooked too. I recently found her "recipe" for fudge, and when I tried it the first time, discovered that there are no amounts for the nuts, butter, and vanilla, nor is there a size for the pan. It was an adventure because she didn't use a candy thermometer and just wrote things like "cool, then add..." I bet it's fun searching for the right recipes, though.


Hubby and I are spending it together this year without other family - I'm boycotting that scene.

I grew up with no nearby family at all, and it took me a long, long time to learn that having family around is not always a good thing. Bravo to you for doing what's best for yourselves!


Okay, I was going to make stuffing from a box, but you've inspired me. I can look up cornbread stuffing online, but would someone like to post an easy recipe? Or shall I look through the recipe thread?

I'm doing the traditional turkey, gravy thing, but veggies are carrots and parsnips roasted in bacon fat. I don't do them often, but Thanksgiving is a good reason. Anything can taste good cooked in bacon fat. And apple pie because nobody likes pumpkin!

I'll put up my cornbread with oysters recipe, and would love to have your carrots & parsnips in bacon fat. I bet I can get DD to make that for us. I'm starting a new thread for Thanksgiving recipes.


I had Thanksgiving alone last year--a first for me. But I ended up having so much fun! I cooked roasted turkey legs and wings, dressing (made with oysters), sweet potatoes with pineapple, fried corn with onion and green pepper, black-eyed peas with neckbones and rice, corn bread, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a lemon pound cake. Everything was made from scratch...nothing canned (except the oysters used in the dressing ;) ). I had football blasting, the blinds all open so I could see the snow, and my apartment smelled SOOO good! I've never cooked such a big meal before, and actually liked it!

What a wonderful meal! I admire your ability to do all that for yourself only. I definitely would have stayed home and moped over a pint of chocolate Hagen-Dasz.

OK, I forgot the dessert! One of my DD's will probably bring a homemade apple pie. I always make pumpkin pies from scratch. My favorite source is red hubbard squash, but that can be hard to find in the city, so I've taken to using kabocha squash. Last year I was using a new blender and accidentally unscrewed the top from the base, spilling an entire pie filling. I had almost enough left for another pie, and rounded it out with sweet potato. It was the best pie of the three I made. I really want to make a mince meat pie, because my mom always did, and I like it, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I don't trust the ground beef in the commercial mince meats and I don't think I'm ready to do it from scratch yet. Maybe next year.

Nora_Charles
10-08-2010, 08:15 PM
I really want to make a mince meat pie, because my mom always did, and I like it, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I don't trust the ground beef in the commercial mince meats and I don't think I'm ready to do it from scratch yet. Maybe next year.

mmmkay. *No* idea what I thought mince meat actually was, but I certainly didn't think it involved actual meat. Yikes!! :lol:

I'm so happy to hear that you're doing well!! :)

Count me in as another one for whom Thanksgiving is a small gathering (just me & my mom). It took me a long time to learn that there really is no law on the books that says you must subject yourself to a day spent with awful people just so you can tell others "I spent the holidays with family". I do get some strange looks when I tell people that our family doesn't get together (for as much dysfunction as there is in families these days, it's still really taboo to talk about!), but I'd much rather spend what's supposed to be a happy occasion being, well, *happy*.

I'm kind of curious to know what everyone does before/after the big meal (ie shopping, napping, watching football...)? We get the turkey in the oven, watch the Macy's parade, and deliver turkey dinners (from a community Thanksgiving event) to shut-ins. After dinner, we either watch movies (Miracle on 34th Street - the black & white version - is tradition!) or play cards/board games, and graze on leftovers if we get hungry. Usually, though, supper ends up being a slice of pumpkin pie!

Rex
10-08-2010, 08:25 PM
I usually travel to my dad and step-mom's place, but because of various reasons, I had Thanksgiving alone last year--a first for me. But I ended up having so much fun! I cooked roasted turkey legs and wings, dressing (made with oysters), sweet potatoes with pineapple, fried corn with onion and green pepper, black-eyed peas with neckbones and rice, corn bread, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a lemon pound cake. Everything was made from scratch...nothing canned (except the oysters used in the dressing ;) ). I had football blasting, the blinds all open so I could see the snow, and my apartment smelled SOOO good! I've never cooked such a big meal before, and actually liked it!
I am thinking of doing that myself this year. My aunt and uncle will probably invite me, but some of her siblings are beyond annoying and some solitude might be nice.

DarrellH
10-08-2010, 08:26 PM
Never mind my menu. I'll be at DarrellH's house. And then in a food coma. :)


Come on!

emason
10-08-2010, 09:52 PM
Last year and the year before I cooked for one or two others; this year I am not inviting anyone, I'm just cooking for myself. However, I'm from New England and Thanksgiving is my religion; there is no such thing as no Thanksgiving dinner, even if it is only for one. (For anyone in my family who buys a new house or rents a new apartment, the first thing he or she does is open the oven door to see of the oven is big enough for a turkey. If the oven doesn't pass the turkey test, it's on to the next house or apartment; this is much more important than # of bathrooms, bedrooms, whether there is a view, etc.)

I will have turkey with stuffing, oven roasted potatoes (for some reason my family never went in for traditional mashed potatoes) or potatoes mashed half and half with yellow turnips, beets with orange sauce and Brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnuts and thyme. Dessert is a graham cracker crust /chocolate pudding pie topped with clouds whipped cream.

IceAlisa
10-08-2010, 10:01 PM
Is it that time of the year again?? Feels like I just finished making my last year's Thanksgiving dinner.

I feel uber-uncreative plus last year's dishes were a hit so I am doing EXACTLY the same thing. Whatever it was.

znachki
10-08-2010, 10:49 PM
mmmkay. *No* idea what I thought mince meat actually was, but I certainly didn't think it involved actual meat. Yikes!! :lol:

Originally mincemeat was a way to use up bits and pieces,and mixing it with spices, fruit, liquor and such helped hide the flavor of the bad meat.

As it's developed it's become fruitier and sweeter, with hardly any meat at all. I'm not even sure that the most popular of the commercial varieties (usually jarred) even have meat in them any more - but they do usually still have suet.

Of course, if you have a homemade version, you may still have meat in it. I think my Great-grandmother's version had some, but I can hardly remember anyone in our family ever making it.

btw - in the movie State Fair, there is an hilarious scene of mincemeat judging - cause the more brandy, the better!

Jenny
10-09-2010, 03:01 PM
btw - in the movie State Fair, there is an hilarious scene of mincemeat judging - cause the more brandy, the better!

The 1945 version is one of my favourite movies ever! "Our State Fair is a great state fair; don't miss it, don't even be late ..."

nerdycool
10-09-2010, 07:07 PM
I have no idea where we're having it, but I imagine it'll be your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy made from drippings, Rhodes buns, corn, peas (or green beans), canned cranberry sauce and maybe a ham. We don't get too fancy because we know what we like! But sometimes I get the urge to experiment... using this (http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/holidays/thanksgiving/recipes) site as inspiration. In the end, I don't because holidays are the one time I don't end up cooking at all! DH and his dad usually take over. So I'm more than okay with traditional!


An old friend of mine's sister used to buy the November issue of Gourmet magazine (isn't that defunct now) and take the Thanksgiving menu from that, assign a dish to each member of the family to bring, and everyone really looked forward to doing that, as opposed to a regular old potluck dinner.Cupid, the link I gave above has recipes (and menus!) from both Gourmet and Bon Appetit... so I assume Gourmet is still going strong.